Sunday, 18 April 2010

Goodness & beauty in the city: Wellington

This year I have been trying really hard to focus on all that is: "true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious- the best not the worst, the beautiful not the ugly!" 
There has been sooo much hard stuff in the past in my life I have never been successful at hanging on to this before.. but this year is different. I have found my sense of place in the world & I am indeed finding beauty & goodness wherever I go.. 
Right beside this lovely shop in College Street is Madder & Rouge
where I found this gorgeous oil cloth "fabric"
Up & around the corner is Magnolia a delightful little shop, the owner having worked for Victoria Bliss magazine in New York as I recall.
I  just adore the formica table!

Speaking of which, I just have to include here one of my favourite magazines..the one I mentioned above:
 Victoria..not always easy to find in New Zealand but really worth hunting down.

I had a lovely time (as I do) making our room look beautiful. One of the girls kept saying she'd never seen it look like that before it looked so lovely!
I found this fab bag at Crabtree & Evelyn & the African bag I found for Rob at David Whites now so stuffed full of..well junk really that you have to stand there a few seconds & contemplate quite where you might step to next & hope that it doesn't all come tumbling down on top of you in the process!
 I found these sweet serviettes in Moore Wilson & when I went to open the packet discovered that they are Cath Kidston : )
We are a bit skinny on fabric shops these days but Wellington still has an Arthur Toy
so nice.. they have jazz playing in the shop..Billie Holiday & co.
And oooh I did fall in love with this very Sanderson cotton!
I found these dear little pink gloves in a quaint shop at the very top of Cuba St for $10.
The friendly, resourceful owner makes her living selling vintage clothes & doing alterations & repairs..good on her!
On the journey homeward we called in to Levin Traders in Queen St & I was so overwhelmed to find a whole stash of vintage fabrics, old curtains, crochet, & a Sanderson valance with little green dots & roses all over it ($3!) I feel overwhelming blessed!!!!


  1. OOOh Catherine, you do have an embarrassment of riches!!! You found the most lovely of shops to visit! Especially the last one!!
    How was Martha's pantry? I hope you're going to blog about it!

  2. I'm not embarrassed I'm in heaven! & what about you & your deluge of followers! ha ha! Yip Martha's is on the way..just waiting on the go ahead for the photo bit..thought it would be polite : )

  3. What a wonderful haul. No wonder you are feeling good!

  4. Really enjoyed reading about your trip around some of my favourite haunts in Wellington. Your fabric haul is just beautiful and very you. By the way, thanks for helping on my stall a few weeks back!

  5. I just love the green spotty Sanderson love of Sanderson's has been rekindled :)...sadly I cut up my beautiful Sanderson dressing gown for patchwork many years ago!


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